Erie Insurance coverage will look to volunteers as firm’s return-to-office plans change

Erie Insurance coverage stated it might modify its timeline if vital when it introduced this previous August {that a} phased return to the workplace may start in January.

The corporate, Erie County’s largest employer with greater than 3,000 native staff, is now doing simply that — adjusting.

Erie Insurance coverage, which has a newly accomplished seven-story workplace constructing east of Perry Sq. that sits empty, had deliberate to regularly start shifting staff into the workplace in January.

The corporate hasn’t given up completely on turning on the lights, however plans first to search for volunteers.

The brand new $147 million Thomas B. Hagen Constructing at Erie Insurance coverage was unveiled Sept. 15.

“Whereas we’re nonetheless hopeful that we are able to start permitting volunteers to return in January, contemplating this current surge in circumstances and the affect of the omicron variant, it solely is smart for us to pause our broader phased return course of,” firm spokesman Matthew Cummings stated in an announcement.

His assertion continued: “Fairly than persevering with to set new goal dates for when will probably be secure to start a extra substantial return, we are going to begin with volunteers after which decide and talk a timeline for the broader return of our workforce.”

Erie Insurance coverage CEO Tim NeCastro has been clear for the reason that starting of the pandemic that the corporate’s aim was to return to a state of affairs the place most staff had been working in firm places of work.

However NeCastro, who has set after which moved a sequence of return-to-work deadlines, has been equally clear that worker well being and security could be the primary consideration.

“Preserving our staff secure has all the time been our mantra,” NeCastro stated in a June 2020 interview with the Erie Instances-Information. “We don’t wish to set the tone that we’re going to keep distant. We’re decided to come back again, however solely when it’s secure to take action.”

In June: Erie Insurance coverage will not return to workplace anytime quickly

Contact Jim Martin at 814-870-1668 or [email protected] Observe him on Twitter @ETNMartin.

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